People wonder why newspapers are dying? Because they publish pointless articles that make totally unsubstantiated claims.

More shoppers thinking twice in the checkout line: Some are abandoning items, online shopping carts before they hit the cash register:

“Hard numbers are difficult to come by, but Burt P. Flickinger III, a retail consultant, estimates that in 25 percent of shoppers’ trips to the store, they’re ditching at least one item. In the recession of the early 1990s, it was 15 to 20 percent. In good times, it’s more like 10 percent.”

Hard numbers are hard to come by, but hell–we’ll make some up anyhow!

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